Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Human ecologists may be employed by or work on a contract basis for:
- consulting firms
- utility companies
- retail outlets
- food manufacturers, retailers or marketers
- food commodity organizations
- home decorating firms
- apparel and fashion manufacturers or retailers
- not-for-profit service agencies
- international aid and development agencies.
Human ecologists may move into a wide variety of occupations (see Related Occupations section). With additional training or experience, they may become dietitians in hospitals or food service institutions (for more information, see the Dietitian occupational profile), textile conservators or museum curators (see the Conservator and Curator occupational profiles), or teach in junior and senior high schools, technical institutes or universities. Research positions generally require a post-graduate (master's or doctoral) degree.
Human ecologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4164: Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 3,500 Albertans are employed in the Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.1% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 39 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As ihuman ecologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for human ecologists.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.